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LCM: Oliver Spencer

Wednesday 15 June 2016

Oliver Spencer is always an anticipated show at London Collections: Men, his previous collections being memorable for their desirable natural palettes and practical tailoring. This season’s collection takes us back to a 1950’s trip to the Mediterranean, think loosely fitted suits in light fabrics and a casually smart wardrobe ideal for an island getaway.

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Inspired by the Italian red stone house, Casa Malaparte, designed by the well-known architect Adalberto Libera that takes it’s place on the island of Capri, this season similarly takes on contemporary menswear with a minimal Italian flavour. Striped patterns and earthy checks of beige, blue and sand reflect the island’s surrounding colours; cuts and fits reflect the style of the 1950’s male who dresses for the warmer climate.

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Styled with modern slip on trainers and desert boots, the SS17 Oliver Spencer man is a modernist answer to a traveller who is in touch with his natural surroundings and engages with them in harmony rather than setting the goal of standing out. Fashion conscious and perfectly astute to the context of the clothes, he is not a foolish dresser. Keeping himself suited and/or well accessorised at all times, the Oliver Spencer man this season has attire for any situation, keeping his ankles breezy yet his warmer jackets are never far from reach.   

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Spencer’s once humble beginnings selling second-hand clothing has seen him explode into huge international name. These days, he is known for his intelligent and sophisticated style, and this season continues to provide on that front.

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Words: Hannah Sargeant
Milly Grange-Bennett